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Portland Press Herald, ME - A state program that encourages best environmental and energy practices in the lodging industry is saving more than $1 million a year in electricity costs for participating innkeepers, new estimates show. The businesses also are cutting annual water use by a total of 17.5 million gallons, composting 1.1 million pounds of food waste and recycling 1.4 million pounds of solid waste. Two-thirds of the properties also have switched to greener cleaning products, avoiding nearly 11,000 pounds a year of toxic chemicals. . . To make the grade, applicants have switched out wasteful incandescent light bulbs; installed water-saving toilets and shower heads; composted food waste; and banned chemicals from lawns and landscapes. Some have installed solar panels to heat water and generate electricity. In exchange, innkeepers can use the state's Environmental Leader logo on advertising and Web sites, where it's increasingly being noticed by guests who favor green lodging and meeting venues.
Tree Hugger - Shares are now available in
Independent, UK - Religious broadcasting has taken an unexpected turn at the BBC, leaving secularists claiming a breakthrough. An important new committee that the corporation will consult on religious broadcasting is to include a humanist. The move, which some see as a potential threat to the future of slots such as Thought for the Day, will see groups representing secular beliefs offering advice and suggestions to the broadcaster. The move is a significant shift for the corporation, and follows a series of recent victories for secularists in public life, including a legal ruling in favor of the so-called atheist bus, the addition of humanism to a religious studies syllabus, and the launch of the first major national student secular society.
David Simon, creator of "The Wire" on Bill Moyers show: Listen, if you could be Draconian and reduce drug use by locking people up, you might have an argument. But we are the jailingest country on the planet right now. Two million people in prison. When I started as a police reporter, 33, 34 percent of the federal inmate population was violent offenders. Now it's like, seven to eight percent. So, we're locking up less violent people. More of them. The drugs are purer. They've not-- they haven't closed down a single drug corner that I know of in
Press Watch - Prescriptions for antidepressants and drugs for obesity and attention deficit disorder in
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George Kenney does a podcast interview with your editor which he describes as "a bit of a ramble, for which I take full responsibility." He shouldn't because your editor has a long history of taking conversations down lengthy side roads.
Pew - Undocumented immigrants living in the
Among the highlights:
- Seventy-six percent of the undocumented immigrants in the
- Fifty-nine percent of all undocumented immigrants are from
- The rapid growth of unauthorized immigrants in the
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